(a) The Industrial Medical Council shall advise the medical
director as to the selection and removal of independent medical and
chiropractic examiners. The administrative director shall appoint
independent medical and chiropractic examiners in each of the
respective specialties as may be required.
(b) Assignment of cases to independent examiners shall be made by
the medical director at the request of the administrative director,
the secretary of the appeals board, or a workers' compensation judge
upon the agreement of a party to pay the cost, and with the consent
of the injured employee and his or her representative, if any.
Insofar as possible, a rotation method shall be followed in
assignment of independent examiners.
(c) Independent examiners shall conduct examinations and report
their findings and opinions in accordance with guidelines developed
for that purpose by the medical director.
(d) This section shall apply only to injuries occurring before
January 1, 1991.